Hydrochlorothiazide: HydroDiuril (antihypertensives, diuretics)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



Hypertension, CHF, renal dysfunction, cirrhosis, glucocorticoid therapy


Increases sodium and water excretion and produces arterial vasodilation

Therapeutic Class

antihypertensives, diuretics

Pharmacologic Class

thiazide diuretics

Nursing Considerations

  • May cause dizziness, hypokalemia, hyponatremia, hypophosphatemia, hypomagnesemia, dehydration
  • Hypokalemia can increase risk for digoxin toxicity
  • Monitor blood pressure and intake and output
  • Monitor electrolyte levels
  • Patient should take medication at the same time each day even if feeling better
  • Instruct patient on how to take blood pressure

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